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Ableism, outlined as discrimination or oppression primarily based on one’s incapacity or perceived incapacity, pervades our tradition. Worry of incapacity, misconceptions, and stereotypes about disabled individuals are so widespread that most individuals do not even discover them. In style films and tv exhibits perpetuate ableism in ways in which go unnoticed by mainstream society and even film critics. Unsure what this implies?
For instructional functions, I compiled this listing of flicks that perpetuate ableism and ones that problem it. This doesn’t imply that the flicks themselves are dangerous or the individuals who created them supposed to be ableist. You’ll be able to nonetheless get pleasure from films whereas acknowledging that they depend on ableist premises. As a cinephile myself, I don’t intend to “cancel” any of the movies talked about right here. As a substitute, I hope to start out a dialog. I additionally need to acknowledge that the entire disabled characters talked about on this piece are white and cisgender; Hollywood has a protracted method to go when it comes to depicting intersectional identities.